' Russia's Human Rights Commissioner Refers to the ' White Book ' Over Human Rights Abuses and Its is time for a New Edition Given Situation in Ukraine '

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 04 – Russia’s human rights commissioner said the destruction of an orphanage in Sloviansk breaches international humanitarian law.

“If there is evidence, this breaches the norms and principles of international humanitarian law. This seriously violates human rights.

This is a crime,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Supremacy of Law Konstantin Dolgov said on Thursday.

“Unfortunately, this is not the first incident when peaceful civilians, particularly children, come under fire within the continuing punitive operation. This gives a signal that violence, bloodshed and the punitive operation must be immediately stopped,” Dolgov told ITAR-TASS.

In view of the ongoing tensions in Ukraine, Russia has prepared a renewed edition of the white book of human right abuses and the violation of the supremacy of the law in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday.

According to Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry ombudsman for human rights, democracy and the supremacy of law, said that the facts contained in the White Book confirm the systematic and, in some cases, purposeful nature of gross violations of human rights and the supremacy of the law in Ukraine.

The ombudsman said that the anti-terror operation of the Kiev authorities against peaceful civilians in southeast Ukraine; a cynical and bloody provocation at the House of Trade Unions in Odessa that claimed the lives of 48 people and the blocking of unsuitable media at any cost were graphic manifestations “of the purposeful nature of gross violations of the underlying principles of international law and norms in the field of human rights and the supremacy of the law in Ukraine,” the Russian Foreign Ministry emphasized.

(Human Rights Watch May 14 2014 Reported) – Yesterday Russia’s ambassador to the UN asked the UN to issue as a UN document the Russian Foreign Ministry’s “White Book” of allegations of human rights violations committed by the Ukrainian government, which it published last week.

To be sure, there is a critical need for human rights violations in Ukraine to be rigorously documented and effectively addressed. Although the book is deficient in its methodology and rigor, Moscow is trying to give it the prestige of a being a UN document.

In my 23 years documenting human rights violations for Human Rights Watch, I have learned the importance of methodological rigor to ensure the credibility of the allegations we make. Without that rigour, claims of abuse are too easily dismissed as “politicized,” the responsible party won’t take you seriously, and the abuses won’t be addressed.

The bulk of Foreign Ministry’s volume is a listing of genuinely frightening incidents —violent attacks, threats, and the like–but which for the most part provide no information about their source. The White Book’s introduction says that it is based on “media reports as well as records based on observations and interviews with people on the scene, and records collected by the Moscow Bureau for Human Rights and the Foundation for Researching Problems in Democracy.”


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‘ Iraq Crisis Escalates and a US Official Confirms Armed American Drones Started Flying Over Baghdad ‘

#AceWorldNews – IRAQ (Baghdad) – June 27 – The Iraq crisis escalated Friday a U.S. official confirmed to CNN that armed American drones started flying over Baghdad in the previous 24 hours to provide additional protection for 180 U.S. military advisers in the area.

Until now, U.S. officials had said all drone reconnaissance flights over Iraq were unarmed.

Using the drones for any offensive strikes against insurgent Islamic State in Iraq and Syria fighters would continue to require approval from U.S. President Barack Obama.

The news came on the same day that Human Rights Watch said two mass graves believed to contain the bodies of Iraqi soldiers, police and civilians killed by the Sunni ISIS fighters and their militant allies have been discovered in Saddam Hussein’s home-town of Tikrit.

Claims of atrocities by both sides have increased as the conflict widens in Iraq.


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` Children Working on US Tobacco Farms Suffer with Nicotine Poisoning ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES – May 15 – Children working on tobacco farms in the United States are exposed to nicotine, toxic pesticides, and other dangers which lead to injury and sickness, an international human rights organization says.

American children working in domestic tobacco fields regularly suffer from breathing problems, nausea, headaches, dizziness and other ailments, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Wednesday.

The New York-based rights advocacy group, which documented working conditions for children in four US states, said it found many children on tobacco farms were in direct contact with the plant’s leaves, leading to serious ailments consistent with nicotine poisoning.

Many children also worked long hours without overtime pay, often in extreme heat without shade or sufficient breaks, and wore no, or inadequate, protective gear, the report noted.

Read More: http://tinyurl.com/m6fp9f6


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` Vietnam has Releases Two High Profile Dissidents in a Move to Negotiate a Free Trade Deal with US ‘

#AceWorldNews – HANOI – April 14 – (COC) – Vietnam has released two more high-profile dissidents in an unusual move that comes as the country is negotiating a free trade deal with Washington that may not get congressional approval unless Hanoi shows it is improving its human rights record.

Vi Duc Hoi and Nguyen Tien Trung were released over the weekend with 1 ½ years and nine months left of their sentences to serve.

They were each convicted of crimes relating to their peaceful advocacy for multi-party democracy in Vietnam, which is ruled by an authoritarian government that doesn’t allow freedom of expression or political assembly.

“It was due to international pressure that the government of Vietnam had to release me,” Hoi, a former member of the ruling Communist party, told Radio Free Asia, a U.S. government funded media network. “I lost some weight but I am still OK physically and mentally,” he said http://www.rfa.org/english/news/dissidents-04122014203204.html


Earlier this month, another prominent activist, Cu Huy Ha Vu, was released and went direct from jail to the United States, which had been privately negotiating for his release. A photo widely distributed on Facebook shows him at an American airport flicking a V-for-victory sign.
A U.S. diplomat posted at the embassy in Hanoi was alongside him in the picture.

Phil Robertson, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, noted that the two men should never have been imprisoned in the first place.

“There are still hundreds more political prisoners languishing in Vietnam’s prisons, so there is a very long way to go before we can say that Vietnam is making any sort of appreciable progress on human rights,” he said.

Read More: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2014/04/14/4840864/vietnam-releases-dissidents-amid.html


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` Cambodian Court Sentences 13 Men to Various Prison Terms for Plotting to Overthrow the Government '

#AceNewsServices – CAMBODIA – April 11 – A Cambodian court on Friday sentenced 13 men to prison terms ranging from five to nine years for plotting to overthrow the government in a case that was criticized by a human rights group as a political set-up.

The men were members of a self-styled Khmer National Liberation Front calling for Prime Minister Hun Sen’s removal, primarily through Internet postings. The government accused them of plotting an armed insurrection, charging them with “opposing the nation” by “treacherously plotting” to carry out attacks liable to endanger Cambodia’s state institutions or violate its national integrity.

The defendants denied their guilt. New York-based Human Rights Watch said no credible evidence against them was submitted, and that the case appeared to be an attempt to discredit the political opposition ahead of last July’s general election.

Seven of the defendants appeared in court Friday, while six others were convicted in absentia. The seven in court were arrested in neighbouring Thailand in March 2013 and deported to Cambodia.

Judge Sen Neang said the group’s organizational documents presented at their one-day trial in February were proof of their guilt. He also accused them of setting off grenades and home made bombs. Human Rights Watch and defence lawyers said none of the evidence showed the group endorsed violence or armed rebellion.

“The conviction of any of these 13 defendants will not be proof of guilt but rather of Hun Sen’s control over Cambodia’s courts to weaken the opposition with false accusations,” Brad Adams, Asia director for Human Rights Watch, said earlier this week. “No one should be sentenced to prison to serve Hun Sen’s political agenda.”

Courtesy of AP and Contributions – Neonline – Human Rights Watch


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“Human Rights Watch Calls on `Spain & Morocco’ to `End Abuse’ of Immigrants”

#AceWorldNews says `Human Rights Watch Calls on Spain, Morocco to End Abuse of Sub-Saharan immigrants ‘

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English: Human Rights Watch logo Русский: Логотип Хьюман Райтс Вотч (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Human Rights Watch on Monday called on Morocco and Spain to end the abusive treatment of sub-Saharan immigrants. The call came after nine migrants drowned trying to reach the Spanish territory of Ceuta, AFP reported.

The security forces “commonly beat, otherwise abuse and sometimes steal” from sub-Saharan migrants, HRW said. Rabat launched an operation in January to regularize the migrants’ situation. The rights group also criticized Spanish security forces for using “excessive force when they summarily expel migrants” from their north African territories of Ceuta and Melilla.


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